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Insider Spotlight: Pierre's Top 3 Tips for France

I am a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. I grew up in France and Germany and have also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 I moved back to Europe from Sydney with my wife and daughter to be closer to our families and to France. One of my passions is blogging about things I love. In 2008 I launched my blog French Moments, a travel and cultural resource for English-speakers. More recently, I have been busy with another new blog, this time in French: Mon Grand-Est, a travel blog about the North-East regions of France.

Top 3 Favorite Restaurants in France?

1) Le Chambard (www.lechambard.fr/en/): A gastronomic restaurant in the heart of the Alsatian vineyard in Kaysersberg
2) La Belle Étoile (www.hotel-belle-etoile-dordogne.fr/): Another gastronomic restaurant at La Roque-Gageac, a beautiful village on the banks of the Dordogne River.
3) Cazaudehore La Forestière (www.cazaudehore.fr/en/): A restaurant set in the middle of the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, just 20 minutes from Paris.

Top 3 favorite foods in France?

1) Oysters from the Atlantic coast
2) Beaufort cheese
3) Religieuses au café

Top 3 tips for new expats in France?

1) Make an effort to talk French language to locals, even if you don’t know much of the language.
2) Try to ‘fit in’ the community by attending local clubs, workshops, etc.
3) You won’t be there forever so… enjoy every moment. Make it special, visit new places each weekend. Live France to the full!

Top 3 tips for travelers in France?

1) Never hesitate to ask the French for help. Usually, they’ll be more than happy to help you out, whether you’re asking for directions in the Paris métro or asking the hotel for attractions to see in your area.
2) When possible, anticipate your trip! Check out transport options, schedules, tourist websites, etc to make your trip smooth and easy. Always check for strikes and track work as that can really mess up your day if the route isn’t working.
3) If you intend to drive on French roads, read about the road regulations (le code de la Route) before driving.

Top 3 tips for what to pack for France?

1) A tourist guide (Michelin Green Guide for example) specialised in the area you will be visiting. Or a few French travel web links you have selected before going.
2) Dictionary or smartphone/tablet app to help you with words you don’t understand.
3) Layers of clothes and an umbrella … France’s weather can vary and temperatures can fluctuate a lot even in summer or the middle of winter.

Top 3 favorite places in France

1) The Alsace Wine Route between Marlenheim and Thann
2) The Vanoise National Park in the Alps
3) The banks of the River Seine in Paris

Top 3 neighborhoods in Paris

1) The Banks of the River Seine, particularly the stretch between Pont de Sully and Pont des Arts. This UNESCO-listed site is beautiful in every season of the year.
2) The Marais district. One of the oldest neighbourhoods of Paris. There are so many historic buildings, churches and museums to discover, including the delightful Place des Vosges!
3) The hill of Montmartre. Although I’m not very fond of visiting a place like this along with trillions of tourists, Montmartre can be a very enjoyable place to visit if you arrive early in the morning. The view over Paris from the top of Sacré-Cœur are breathtaking.

For more tips on France, watch for upcoming posts on the France site and go to his blog, French Moments (http://frenchmoments.eu) .

Interested in contributing? Contact erin {at} insidersabroad {dot} com!

Published December 8th, 2016 by Pierre Guernier
Posted to Inside Secrets to France

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